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Databases focused on Palaeobotany and Palaeontology

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Tony Barnosky, Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkely: Paleontology Database Network. A link directory for promoting communication about electronic databases in palaeontology. See also here. This expired link is available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.

E. Callaway (2015): Computers read the fossil record. Palaeontologists hope that software can construct fossil databases directly from research papers. In PDF, Nature Toolbox. See also here.

Hannes Löser (Dresden; Hermosillo), Jürgen Kullmann (Tübingen) and Olga Dietl (Stuttgart): Datenbanken in der Paläontologie (in German).

Norman MacLeod, PaleoNet: Useful links.

ViFaBio, The Virtual Library of Biology (University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany):
! Database Guide.


! John Alroy, University of California, Santa Barbara: The Paleobiology Database (a NSF-funded project). The Database's mission is to provide a global, discipline-wide repository for taxonomic and paleoecological data and a research tool for paleontology in the 21st century. The database currently involves 89 data authorizers and 100 data enterers from 55 research institutions in 10 countries. You may search by the generalized table of spatiotemporal coverage, or by a list of major individual data sets that have been reposited in the database.

! R. Barclay, P. Wilf, D. Dilcher, A. Sokoloff, J. Leon-Guerrero & C. Thurman: Cuticle Database. The Cuticle Database Project aims to promote the understanding and identification of living and fossil plants. This project is a collaborative effort between researchers at Northwestern University, The Field Museum, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Pennsylvania State University. See also here:
! R. Barclay, et al. (2007): The cuticle database: developing an interactive tool for taxonomic and paleoenvironmental study of the fossil cuticle record. PDF file, In: Jarzen, D. M., Steven, R., Retallack, G. J. and Jarzen, S. A. (eds.), Advances in Angiosperm Paleobotany and Paleoclimatic Reconstruction, Contributions Honouring David L. Dilcher and Jack A. Wolfe, Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt, pgs. 39-56.

! Fossil Record 2. See also here (the current version of this page). The Fossil Record 2 is a near-complete listing of the diversity of life through time, compiled at the level of the family. Search any name in the database or search by family name or select families by stratigraphic range, kingdom, habitat, phylum, chapter or other names - or select by stratigraphic range in which the families lived. The Fossil Record 2 database (Benton, M. J. (Ed.) 1993, Chapman & Hall, London. 845 pp.) is originally compiled in Excel by Dr. Mary Benton, WWW work by Dilshat Hewzulla. See also here.

Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), University of California at Berkeley: Web Lift for Taxa. This new version of the UCMP Web Lift to Taxa breaks the long table of the old version into several shorter lists.

Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), University of California at Berkeley: The Phylogeny of Life. The ancestor/descendant relationships which connect all organisms that have ever lived. You can learn about the history of life on Earth by tracing life´s phylogeny from three different starting points: "The Biosphere", "The Metazoa" and "Vertebrates". Explore the page on navigating, with a special page on navigating the Phylogeny Wing, both of which contain hints and help.

! Biodiversity Heritage Library. Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. For the first time in history, the core of our natural history and herbaria library collections will be available to a truly global audience. Browse by titles, authors, subjects, names, map, or year.
Go to: Plants. Currently mor then 1500 titles tagged with "Plants". Superbly done!
Comment: Using "View text" is much quicker (for a first glance) then "View image".

! Biodiversity Heritage Library. Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. For the first time in history, the core of our natural history and herbaria library collections will be available to a truly global audience. Browse by titles, authors, subjects, names, map, or year.
Go to: Plants. Currently mor then 1500 titles tagged with "Plants". Superbly done!
Comment: Using "View text" is much quicker (for a first glance) then "View image".

! The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN): CHIN is a national centre of excellence that provides a visible face to Canada's heritage through the world of networked information. Go to:
Artefacts Canada, Natural Sciences. Artefacts Canada Natural Sciences is a database based on the collections information provided by contributing museums. Images are displayed when available! Go to:
Botany,
Palynology, or
Palaeontology
.

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Data Centre: Web-based Resources for Biodiversity - a preliminary selection. This page aims to bring together in one place significant internet resources in the areas of searchable databases of species names, systematic treatments of major groups, checklists, etc. Botany is starting with "57".

! Erling Dorf (project continued by the Yale Peabody Museum’s Division of Paleobotany; electronic release 1.0, Jan 11, 2006 by L.J. Hickey, L.S. Klise, and W.A. Green): The Compendium Index of North American Mesozoic and Cenozoic Type Fossil Plants (PDF files). This card catalog contains illustrations and descriptions of fossil plant species. Based on variables such as leaf shape and major venation type these cards are arranged into sets of numbered morphological categories. It presently covers fossil floras from North America, including Greenland, starting in the Triassic and extending to the Pleistocene. Over 93 references have been added in the last 20 years, and the Compendium Index has grown from 10,000 cards to approximately 20,000 cards, with 9,881 entries from 235 references dating from 1866 to 2003. Freely distributable for non-commercial purposes.
Table of contents:
README.txt---this file, containing license and general information
CI.csv, CI.xls---the data files in tab-delimited text format and Excel (.xls) format
CI.txt---an ascii file giving the database structure
CICflat_key.pdf---a flat description of the Compendium Index Categories that originally appeared in Leaf Architecture Working Group (1999)
CICthumbnails.pdf---small illustrations of the Compendium Index Categories that originally appeared in Leaf Architecture Working Group (1999)
CICdichotomous_key.pdf---a dichotomous key to the Compendium Index Categories that appears here and in Green and Hickey (in press)
age_codes.pdf---a key to the age codes used in the database
references.pdf---an alphabetical list of the publications cited in the database
CICeps.tar.gz---a gzipped tar archive with high-quality eps representing Compendium Index Cateogries 100--155. A future release will include all the images shown as thumbnails in CICthumbnails.pdf

The Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program (ETE). Website hosted by Smithsonian´s National Museum of Natural History. The ETE program investigates Earth´s land biotas throughout their 400 million year history. Go to:
! ETE Relational Database and ETE DataNet.
The ETE relational database is now partially united with the Paleobiology Database Project´s (PBDB) relational database. All primary database functions (queries, entries and updates) are available through the PBDB home page. The new combined database compiles information from the terrestrial and marine record, but lacks some of the data fields present in the original ETE database.

Rob Fensome, Andrew MacRae, and Graham Williams, Project of the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic): Dinoflagellate Classification Database (DINOFLAJ). DINOFLAJ is a database system containing a current classification of fossil and living dinoflagellates down to generic rank, and an index of fossil dinoflagellates at generic, specific, and infraspecific ranks.

! Fossil Record 2. See also here (the current version of this page). The Fossil Record 2 is a near-complete listing of the diversity of life through time, compiled at the level of the family. Search any name in the database or search by family name or select families by stratigraphic range, kingdom, habitat, phylum, chapter or other names - or select by stratigraphic range in which the families lived.
The Fossil Record 2 database (Benton, M. J. (Ed.) 1993, Chapman & Hall, London. 845 pp.) is originally compiled in Excel by Dr. Mary Benton, WWW work by Dilshat Hewzulla. Select by Phylum.

Robert Huber, Jens Klump and Stefan Götz, Germany: Stratigraphy.Net. Stratigraphy.Net aims to provide free and open access to geoscientific information and data with special emphasis on the disciplines stratigraphy, paleontology and sedimentology. Go to: News.

! The Index Nominum Genericorum ING (U.S. National Herbarium, Department of Botany, Smithsonian Institution). The ING is a compilation of generic names published for all plants covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Excellent!

! Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG), a project of OBIS Australia, now hosted at VLIZ, Belgium. The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera is a provisional compilation of genus names – including species names in many cases – and covers both living and extinct biota into a single system to support taxonomic and other queries dealing with e.g. homonyms, authorities, parent-child relationships, spelling variations and distinctions between marine and non-marine or fossil and recent taxa. Excellent! See especially:
! IRMNG taxon details. "Family" sporae dispersae with at present 2871 genera listed.
! Dinoflagellates (extant and fossil).
! Acritarchs.

! The International Fossil Plant Names Index (IFPNI).
An online registration of fossil plant names. IFPNI is headquartered at the Fundamental Botanical Library, National Institute of Carpology (Gaertnerian Institution), Moscow.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:
! The Kew Herbarium Catalogue . This Herbarium houses approximately 7 million specimens, collected from all around the world. Navigate from advanced search.

! The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Plant Micromorphology Bibliographic Database. A database of references relevant to the anatomy and pollen/spore morphology of flowering plants, gymnosperms and ferns. Free of charge. See also here.

! Litholex. Maintained by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, BGR), Hannover, Germany. Database about stratigraphic units in Germany (in German).

Geobibliothek Münster, Germany: Databases (in German).

! National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Washington, DC. NOAA Paleoclimatology. NOAA Paleoclimatology operate the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology which distributes data contributed by scientists around the world. Paleo data come from natural sources such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean and lake sediments, and extend the archive of climate back hundreds to millions of years. Go to:
Fossil and Surface Pollen Data. The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program distributes the product of various collaborative efforts to collect and organize pollen records from around the globe (pollen counts and related information). Data contributed since March 2005 are available from the Neotoma Paleoecology Database.

The Paleobiology Database (PaleoBioDB): Organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers.
The PaleobiologyPaleoBioDB is a non-governmental, non-profit public resource for paleontological data. Go to:
! PaleoBioDB API. The Paleobiology Database Application Programming Interface (API) gives access to taxonomic, spatial, and temporal data. See especially:
Navigator. Space, time and taxa.

! The Paleobiology Database The Paleobiology Database purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data.

! Palaeontologia Electronica: Fossil Calibration Database (project developed by the Working Group "Synthesizing and Databasing Fossil Calibrations: Divergence Dating and Beyond").
The mission of the Fossil Calibration Database is to provide vetted fossil calibration points that can be used for divergence dating by molecular systematists. The curated collection of well-justified calibrations also promote best practices for justifying fossil calibrations and citing calibrations properly. Raising the Standard in Fossil Calibration! See also:
D.T. Ksepka et al. (2015): The Fossil Calibration Database, A New Resource for Divergence Dating. Abstract, Systematic Biology.

! Allister Rees, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson: Databases. There are three databases (currently under construction):
PGAP (Paleogeographic Atlas Project Lithofacies Database). Mesozoic and Cenozoic Lithofacies: 45,000 locality entries distributed among 16 stage-length map intervals (2 Triassic, 3 Jurassic, 5 Cretaceous, 4 Tertiary, and 2 Quaternary) worldwide.
CSS (Climate Sensitive Sediments Database). Permian and Jurassic Climate Sensitive Sediments: 3,500 locality entries of oil source rocks, phosphorites, reefs, coals, evaporites, eolian sands and tillites worldwide.
DINO (Dinosauria Distributions Database). Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Dinosaur Distributions: 4,200 taxon occurrence records from 1,200 localities worldwide.
Registration procedure required.

! Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (supported by the Smithsonian Institution, IAPT, and the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands): Index Nominum Genericorum (ING). A compilation of generic names (including fossil plants!) published for organisms covered by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. The original intent of the ING was to bring all generic names of plants together in a single list to reveal homonymy between groups. Excellent! The database is constantly being revised as new information becomes available!

V. Teodoridis et al. (2011): The integrated plant record vegetation analysis: internet platform and online application. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae, Ser. B, 67: 159-165.

Torsten Utescher, Paleobotanical Workgroup, Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Paläontologie, University of Tübingen: Palaeoflora Database. Palaeoflora provides information on Cenozoic plant taxa (macro and micro), corresponding Nearest Living Relatives, and their climate requirements. Palaeoflora data are used for palaeoclimate reconstructions from the palaeobotanical record using the Coexistence Approach (Mosbrugger and Utescher, 1997).

ViFaBio, The Virtual Library of Biology (University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany):
! Database Guide.

P. Wolniewicz (2009): Easily-accessible digital palaeontological databases - a new perspective for the storage of palaeontological information. In PDF, Geologos, 15: 181-188.












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